You’d have to be living under quite a heavy rock to have not heard of the Opiate Crisis in America.
Over the past decade, overdoses from opiates have skyrocketed. Addiction rates are still on the rise, and the cost is nearly incalculable.
But how did we get here? How is it possible that something like Fentanyl, 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, is available to the public? Who makes fentanyl, and who has the audacity to market it as medicine?
We’ve got the answer. Let’s take a look.
What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is an opioid. It’s a painkiller, and a powerful one. Fentanyl tends to be used for post-surgical patients and those who have used powerful painkillers long-term and developed a tolerance.
Unlike its cousin, morphine, Fentanyl doesn’t require the natural opium from the poppy plant. Rather, it’s produced in labs and is totally synthetic. This makes it highly versatile, since moving its molecules can make it more or less potent.
When used in hospitals, it’s regulated and relatively safe.
However, fentanyl is popular among illegal drug labs because it is so easy to manufacture and manipulate. Because of this, it’s often used to cut other, more expensive drugs.
This means outside hospitals, Fentanyl is widely available and easy to obtain, even on accident. In 2017, there were nearly 30,000 overdoses linked to Fentanyl in the United States. Compare that to less than 800 deaths only two decades prior.
But who is making this stuff, and where are addicts getting it?
Who Makes Fentanyl?
The obvious answer here is that drug companies make Fentanyl. Just like any drug, it is manufactured to regulation and shipped to hospital pharmacies.
Opioid addiction has been a problem in America for decades. But the issue with many opioids was that they were difficult to get without a prescription. That didn’t stop the problem, obviously. But the difficulty in getting Morphine or Oxycontin without a doctors note did present a problem.
Fentanyl, though, is different. It’s easy to make in a lab, with just a little bit of know-how.
Which brings us to the secondary, and more dangerous makers of Fentanyl. Illegal drug manufacturers.
When illegal labs create fentanyl, they aren’t selling it as itself. Rather, they are using it to cut other drugs, like heroin or cocaine, or compounding it into tablet and pills and selling it as other drugs, like oxycodone.
The Hidden Danger of Fentanyl
Fentanyl can be a lifesaver for those with high levels of pain. And in a controlled environment overseen by medical professionals, most are able to take it safely.
But when the answer to “who makes Fentanyl” is “illegal drug manufacturers”, the danger becomes quite apparent. People who are looking for a fix of heroin or cocaine may be given their drug cut with Fentanyl and overdose accidentally. The same is true of opioid addicts looking for Oxycodone. If the pills are fake and made with fentanyl, one pill may be enough to trigger an overdose.
If you or someone you love is worried about the possibility of Fentanyl overdose or opioid addiction, give us a call today. We are here to help.